Shriners Hospital Physicians Listed as Top Doctors in Sacramento

Doctors at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California are counted among the 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®, according to Sacramento Magazine.  Shinjiro Hirose, M.D., Director of Pediatric Surgery, and David Pleasure, M.D., a neurologist and Director of Research, are included in the Best Doctor Inc., regional list of  doctors for which Sacramento Magazine secured the rights to publish. Doctors on the list were chosen through a peer-to-peer process. Doctors cannot pay to be on the list, and they cannot nominate or vote for themselves.

A leader in pediatric surgery

Dr. Hirose is Director of Pediatric Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and chief of the division of pediatric and fetal surgery in the department of surgery at the University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hirose specializes in minimally invasive surgery for gastro-intestinal, biliary, liver and thoracic disorders in fetuses and children and is a nationally recognized children’s cancer surgeon. He also is an expert in the development and use of surgical robotics in children. Dr. Hirose earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted research in telerobotics before studying medicine.

Dr. Hirose was the lead pediatric surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital and its Fetal Treatment Center before joining the medical team at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, where he leads a program that serves children with complex gastro-intestinal disorders, complex ano-rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders. His research interests focus on clinical innovation and the use of robotics in fetal intervention.

A leader in pediatric neurology

Dr. Pleasure, Director of Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, has focused much of his clinical training in neurology, specifically in neural development and regeneration. Dr. Pleasure came to Sacramento from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to develop a collaborative research program. He worked in partnership with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine to establish the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM) at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, and has recruited researchers from around the world to populate the IPRM. The IPRM trains approximately 30 pre- and post-doctoral research fellows each year. Dr. Pleasure is a Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and was elected an Honorary Member of the American Neurological Association, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Prior to moving to the UC Davis School of Medicine, Dr. Pleasure was director of neurology at CHOP, where he led the pediatric neurology program to become one of the leading research-oriented pediatric neurology training programs in the nation.

Dr. Pleasure’s research centers on development and diseases of the central nervous system. He has thus far published 240 articles on those topics in peer-reviewed journals. He is associate editor for Neurological Progress of JAMA Neuro, and an associate editor of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Sacramento Magazine published the list of Best Doctors in its December 2015 issue. Other doctors that practice at both UC Davis and Shriners Hospital also appear in the listings. Those doctors include Craig McDonald, M.D., Diana Farmer, M.D., and Eric A. Kurzrock, M.D.




Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

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One Comment

  1. Great to see we have such amazing local doctors. It would be nice if we had another shriners closer up to Auburn, but I just feel lucky that at least we have one close by. The doctors should feel free to respond if they want to go to The Ridge Golf Course up in Auburn because I’d be happy to get them a free pass.

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